COCA-COLA DOME 19TH IN POLLSTAR‘S WORLDWIDE TICKET SALES CHART FOR TOP ARENA VENUES
The Ticketpro Dome was recently announced as 19th in Pollstar‘s worldwide arena venues chart based on ticket sales for the first quarter of 2011.
Determined by the USA and UK based Pollstar Magazine – the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry – the publication tracks major touring acts around the world. It has been supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager and facility executive involved in the live entertainment business for more than 25 years.
Hailed as one of South Africa‘s most versatile special event venues, more than 640 000 people visit the Ticketpro Dome every year.
“I believe our reputation for hosting world class events has been endorsed by this rating,” says Taryn Schild, the dome‘s Marketing Manager.
For 12 years in a row the Ticketpro Dome has been voted Johannesburg‘s best concert venue in the Leisure Options Best of Johannesburg Readers‘ Choice Awards – a well-known accolade from the weekly Leisure Options newspaper, published by one of South Africa‘s largest media houses, the Caxton Group.
“Year after year the award reaffirms our popularity and the suitability of the venue for large indoor concerts and events. For more than a decade now the people of Johannesburg have overwhelmingly supported us. We are, without a doubt, synonymous with the best concerts in our city, one of the largest metropoles in Africa.
“I would also like to congratulate Big Concerts on their achievement, being ranked 8th in the world‘s promoters based on ticket sales. Big Concerts have been bringing artists to the dome since it opened its doors back in 1998″
“Already lined up for the next few months is the ZARFEST, featuring Timbaland, Ciara, Lil Kim and Fat Joe Live on 3 June, The Script on 24 June and James Blunt on 26 August. Successful productions so far this year include Rammstein, Earth Wind and Fire and Cirque du Soleil. Although not a concert in the real sense of the word, Cirque du Soleil was a bestseller with more than 73 000 people attending over the two-week duration of the production.
“The highlight last year was the closing concert of the 2010 FIFA World Cup with international star Andrea Bocelli performing with a South African supporting cast.
“No less than eight other international artists – be it individuals or groups – also performed at the dome last year. These included Kelly Clarkson, the evergreen Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Ne-Yo and Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. We also had the privilege to host Bryan Adams and Angie Stone as well as Daughtry and 30 Seconds to Mars.
“In today‘s highly sophisticated society, you have one chance to please artists and audiences alike. Apart from enjoying the show, they have to leave with that WOW feeling – the show was great, the venue was great. If they do not experience this, they simply do not come back. I believe we have accomplished this over the years – and will keep on doing so,” says Schild.